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Burnout Is Now An Official Medical Condition

Burnout, or the intense version of the Sunday Scaries, is now a recognized medical condition in the eyes of the International Classification of Diseases, or ICD-11, which is the handbook from the World Health Organization. So, it’s legit.

According to the handbook:

Burn-out is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions: 1) feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; 2) increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and 3) reduced professional efficacy. Burn-out refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context and should not be applied to describe experiences in other areas of life.

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While we all joke about the fact that we work like dogs and how it’s a drag to get up every morning because we have to do it all over again, the WHO’s recognition of this illness is step forward. A US survey reports that 67% of employees experience work related stress, proving that this condition has been increasing as the years go by.

The WHO’s recognition will hopefully open the door for change and for the existence of treatments. You might even get a few paid days off from work, like with the flu.

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Burnout has been studied for decades, with the term first introduced to our language in 1974. Even though it is one of the most discussed conditions of the modern era, its progress and study has been plagued by vague studies and correlations that made it confusing and hard to catalogue.

[h/t CNN]

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